I'm a student at Keene State College in Keene, NH. I am working on a
safety program for the campus wood shop for my senior capstone class
which is needed for my bachelor's in Safety Studies.
Right now I am focusing on the spray booth and in need of some
professional help or suggestions. The booth has many problems
including no air filter and lack of fire protection. I have NFPA
documents as well as OSHA but I am looking for BEST PRACTICES, not
just what OSHA wants, since schools are not covered by them anyway. I
need to dazzle my professor as well as the Dean on a safe booth.
If anyone has any examples, material or links that are solid enough to
propose to my school it would be greatly appreciated. Also if you need
a more detailed description of the booth to make a fair assessment I
will do so.
As one additional amplification of my previous post--
If you haven't yet either got a detailed prospectus of the content and
objectives of your project discussed and approved I'd suggest an
appointment w/ advisor/prof/the_however_your_dept_handles_it_person and
come to a specific documented agreement as to what is the actual point
of the research.
Are you, indeed, attempting to write an actual proposal that could
realistically be implemented and if so, what are the budget and other
project constraints within which your project would have to fit? That's
one type of project, more like what I had in mind in previous posting.
If, otoh, it really is a "blue-sky, wouldn't it be nice if" kind of
exercise, that's also a possibility that a Department or College could
investigate in a more exploratory vein. One need to have a vision and a
plan if there is some major expansion or building campaign or somesuch
similar idea floating around.
The point is, you need to have a specific objective in mind.
The other thing I'd suggest, particularly if the first of the two
directions is more nearly the idea is to talk with folks who are
knowledgeable in two areas--first, the staff who are currently
responsible for the present facility and its operation and compliance w/
whatever _are_ their rules regarding it, and second, the accrediting
organization for the school and/or department(s) affected if they have a
subsidiary accreditation process. These people have an inordinate
amount of leverage in all phases of academia and may well have in place
a set of guidelines and standards such facilities must meet as well as
standards of their own or references to other industry standards that
indicate what their assessment of ideal is. Then, otoh, they may not,
but I'd surely investigate to know/find out. One thing you would
definitely _not_ want to do would be to recommend something in
contradiction w/ such guidelines (or to point out deficiencies in
existing facilities might also be quite embarrassing if one didn't at
least know a priori one was doing same).
Oh, one other thought...is this, indeed, a woodworking finishing
facility and what kind(s) of work? I'd also suggest you look at other
schools of renown and find out what they're doing in similar programs.
That is, what would be suitable for a program concentrated on commercial
furniture manufacturing or similar would undoubtedly be quite different
from the needs of a program concentrating on fine cabinetmaking or
W/O knowing any specifics of your programs I'll not even try to list
comparable institutions; you surely have far better knowledge to find
Read everything dpb said. That's the best way to approach this.
Since at one time my finishing/refinishing was going quite well, I was
thinking of renting a space and setting up a small finishing/
refinishing shop. The amount of work it would have taken to get all
the proper clearances to certify I was compliant in all government
areas was overwhelming.
I cannot imagine it being any different for a public institution. The
following had their hand in every aspect, and lacking any other
benchmark, our fair city used them as such for their own requirements.
NIOSH, OSHA and EPA. Then there were local and state building code
requirements specific to the venture.
Some of the more salient requirements were to have a have a certified
booth that included the proper CFM of air filtering and exchange. I
couldn't touch the $$$ building one, but I found these types of
premade booths to be a much better solution:
You get the idea.
Most premade booths are just that, booths. You still need to provide
the proper gas proof low temp lighting, a spark proof set of fans to
prevent explosions, etc. Spark proof plugs and switches are required,
as well as chemical/gas resistant coverings on all electrical devices
and wiring. Then there is filtering of the air. In a booth you have
to have all the air removed, and filtered to a very exacting protocol.
There are different certifications needed on the exhaust systems, and
depending on the level of sophistication of your local code
enforcement, this could be tricky.
There is a cert for particulates; there is a cert for gas; and there
is in some cases a need for an engineered system by a certified
engineer in that field.
One of the things that I was faced with was the disposal of old
solvents and finishes, as well as old rags, filters, and containers.
I would have had to make arrangements with a local "hazardous waste
management" company to get rid of that stuff, and provide the local
guys with proof I did.
And then there was insurance. I had to provide certificates of
compliance in all areas mentioned above before they would consider
me. That meant I had to have another group of independent
professionals come out and inspect the final set up to make sure it
was compliant to the company standards, and that all applicable
standards had been met.
I hope you get the idea. This is a really big project once you get
past a booth big enough to spray a chair.
With all the legal hoops, the design requirements, the proof of
compliance to all govt regulations, and the cost to build... I gave
Can you see why no one jumped right in?
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